29 November 2017
After recently passing the milestone of entering my thirtieth year working in occupational health, I am becoming choosy about using the adjective “excited”. But I confess I am genuinely excited and perhaps also a little nervous at becoming Chair Elect, due to succeed Diana Kloss as Chair of the Council for Work and Health early next year. I feel honoured to be taking on this position and as I learn more about the Council in the run up to Diana’s handover, I can see the enormous value of such an organisation.
03 October 2017
It may sound early to start writing about winter flu, but it’s as early as October that the seasonal flu peak can start and most employer driven vaccination campaigns take place in Autumn. For those with medical conditions such as heart or respiratory disease, those who are pregnant or over the age of 65 and for some others such as carers, the vaccine is available free via the NHS and is recommended.
21 August 2017
I was interested to see the data reported in the recent EEF report “Employee Health: making industrial strategy work for Britain”. Despite 77% of 264 manufacturing organisations surveyed being aware of the Fit for Work Service, less than half (46%) would consider using it and nearly a quarter actively said they would not use it! For a free to use service that is quite telling!
05 July 2017
This is one of those seemingly obvious questions, but it is deeper than it may appear at first sight. Whilst clearly losing staff is associated with concerns about the loss of experience, loss of investment & skills from the training provided and of course the substantial replacement costs (currently over a thousand pounds for a nurse in the NHS).
25 May 2017
In recent years, particularly over the last decade, multiple authors have researched and reviewed the value of occupational health and this document is a helpful reminder that it’s no longer a case of relying on “trust me I’m a doctor”, there is a clear path that links pro-active and responsive occupational health to improved employee health, improved workforce productivity, enhanced business performance and contribution to a successful economy.
10 March 2017
NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has just published its finalised Quality Standard on Healthy Workplaces (Healthy Workplaces; improving employee mental and physical health and well-being). NICE has a well-established and rigorous process to inform the development of evidence based standards and has worked with expert groups including the Mental Health Provider Forum, the NHS Health At Work Network and Public Health England to develop standards to support the improvement of employee health
23 January 2017
Dr Steve Boorman, the Director of Employee Health at Empactis is a founder member of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at work along with HR directors and Chief Medical Officers from another 20 leading global companies and major public sector bodies including; NHS England, BT, Rolls Royce, John Lewis, Serco, Public Health England, Tesco and Marks & Spencer’s.
13 January 2017
It’s a sad time of year! No really December January and February see the peak for a seasonal type of depression known as SAD or seasonal affective disorder – although the symptoms often begin in Autumn as days start to get shorter.
14 December 2016
Dame Carol Black’s latest independent review for the Government concludes that one in three people claiming benefits because they are too sick to work have conditions which are linked to obesity.
01 November 2016
EFFECTIVELY MANAGE THE HEALTH, ABSENCE AND ENGAGEMENT OF YOUR EMPLOYEESGET IN TOUCH